Conservative Leaders Call on Google to Explain Claims the Site Is Blocking Conservatives

August 20th, 2019 11:07 AM

On Tuesday, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell and other conservative leaders released a letter calling on Google to explain reports and allegations that the search engine is attempting to block conservative sites and exclude voices that don’t fit the liberal narrative. (A similar letter has also been sent to members of Congress, asking them to investigate.) 

The letter to Google can be found, in its entirety, below: 


August 20, 2019

Mr. Sundar Pichai

Chief Executive Officer

Google Inc.

1600 Amphitheatre Parkway

Mountain View, CA 94043


Dear Mr. Pichai,

We are writing today to ask that you provide a detailed response to the August 14 document release by Project Veritas which appears to show that Google blocked conservative websites on one of your news platforms.

When questioned before Congress in December of last year about whether your company manipulated its search results, you unequivocally denied it.

In March, a study by Robert Epstein identified pro-liberal bias in Google search results that helped flip three Orange County, CA, congressional districts in the 2018 midterm elections. Nationwide, Epstein found the results may have influenced 4.6 million undecided voters.

In April, the Daily Caller reported that Google’s Trust and Safety team manually manipulated various search features to exclude a number of conservative websites including the American Spectator, Gateway Pundit and Conservative Tribune.

In June, video leaked of a Google manager claiming the company was training its algorithms to prevent the 2016 election outcome from happening again.

Now we have learned that a Google app was blocking conservative websites including The Daily Caller, NewsBusters, Rush Limbaugh, and many more. 

And the August 14 document leak also explained how the “Twiddler” system lets Google/YouTube workers rank search results based upon what your companies want emphasized or de-emphasized. Manipulated topics included pro-life advocacy along with several political and conservative organizations, like The Heritage Foundation.

Senator Ted Cruz attempted to get to the bottom of at least some of these instances during a July Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, but the Google representative dodged most of the questioning. It seems that in these, and other cases that have come to light in recent years, Google’s strategy seems to be to say as little as possible and hope that everyone moves on from the story.

In addition to providing an explanation for the past incidents that have already been brought to light, we demand to know what policies, programs, algorithms or any other business practices are, or have been in place to censor conservative content, and we call on you to disclose them and eliminate them immediately. If there are none currently in place, then we want your public commitment there will be none in the future. Further, we want to know what steps Google is taking to ensure it will not happen again.

Please provide your prompt response. We will publish your response or call attention to your lack thereof. 



L. Brent Bozell

Founder and President

Media Research Center


Morton Blackwell


Weyrich Lunch


Byron Schlommach


1889 Institute


Lady Brigitte Gabriel

Founder and Chairman

ACT for America

Tim Wildmon


American Family Association


Jon Schweppe

Director of Policy and Government Affairs

American Principles Project


Mark Fitzgibbons

President of Corporate Affairs

America Target Advertising, Inc.


Gary Bauer

CEO and President

American Values


John Hinderaker


Center of the American Experiment


David N. Bossie


Citizens United


Penny Nance

CEO and President

Concerned Women for America


The Honorable George K. Rasley, Jr.

Managing Editor


James Nolan, Esq.


Crossroads Pro-Life


Adam Brandon


Freedom Works


Christie Lee McNally


Free Our Internet


Gene Mills


Louisiana Family Forum


Charles Copeland


Intercollegiate Studies Institute


John-Henry Westen

Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief


Frank Lasée


The Heartland Institute


Justin Danhof

General Counsel

National Center for Public Policy Research

Rod Martin

Founder and CEO

The Martin Organization


Kevin D. Freeman

Founder and Chairman

National Security Investment Consultant Institute


James O’Keefe

Founder and President

Project Veritas


Kristan Hawkins


Students for Life of America

Jenny Beth Martin

Honorary Chairman

Tea Party Patriots Action


Floyd Brown


The Western Journal


C. Preston Noell III


Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.


David Kupelian

Vice President and Managing Editor



Craig Shirley


Ronald Reagan Biographer


James Martin

Founder and Chairman

60 Plus Association


Saulius Anuzis


60 Plus Association


Allen West

Senior Fellow

Media Research Center


Terry Schilling

Executive Director

American Principles Project


Steven Ertelt 



Richard A. Viguerie



Kathleen Patten

President and CEO

American Target Advertising


Brian Brown


International Organization for the Family


Ryan Bomberger

Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer

The Radiance Foundation


Tom McCabe 


Freedom Foundation


William A. Donohue, Ph.D.


Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights


Senator Mitch McConnell

Senator Lindsey Graham

Senator Ted Cruz

Senator Joshua Hawley

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Representative Kevin McCarthy

Representative Jim Jordan

Representative Doug Collins

Representative Tulsi Gabbard